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Absentee voters can drop off their election ballots in this box on Court Street in uptown Athens.

Ohio Already Approaching Record Level Of Absentee Ballot Requests

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than twice as many absentee applications have been received from Ohio voters than at this point four years ago, when a record number of early votes were cast in a presidential election in Ohio. Secretary of State Frank LaRose reports just under 1.8 million applications have been mailed… Read More

President Donald Trump stands with gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine as he speaks during a rally, at the IX Center, in Cleveland, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.

DeWine Expected To Meet Trump During Campaign Stop

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DAYTON, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll meet President Trump at a rally Monday. DeWine will likely greet the president at the Dayton airport near the governor’s home in Cedarville, but he won’t be at Trump’s rally at an airport in Toledo. DeWine got booed by the crowd at Vice President Pence’s… Read More

Rep. Grendell addresses the House following her election to the 76th district seat

Republican Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Cancel COVID State of Emergency

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A Republican representative who’s been critical of Ohio’s response to coronavirus has proposed a bill to cancel the state of emergency order from March – the foundation of many of the state’s COVID restrictions. Rep. Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) said things could, in her words, “go back to normal” with no state of… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine signs House Bill 606 in a virtual signing ceremony from his home in Cedarville. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted was in his Columbus office, and Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) joined from their homes.

DeWine Signs Law Offering Legal Immunity For COVID-Related Lawsuits

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As he hinted he would, Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a law that will shield first responders, businesses and schools from COVID-19 related lawsuits. It’s one of the first coronavirus immunity laws in the country. The law’s sponsors say it will provide immunity for law enforcement, medical professionals and large… Read More

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DeWine Says State Can’t Exempt Cincinnati’s Bars From Alcohol Curfew

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Cincinnati’s mayor and police chief have asked Gov. Mike DeWine to lift the prohibition on alcohol sales after 10pm from their bars, saying that ban is contributing to violence. That rule was put in place statewide to help contain the coronavirus, which experts say has been spreading in places where… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) speaks to reporters after session on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Ohio Senate President Says He Favors “Straight Repeal” Of Nuclear Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) has appointed the members of a committee that will consider the nuclear bailout law at the center of a $61 million federal bribery case that led to the ouster of former Speaker Larry Householder.  Democrats say Republicans are slowing down the repeal process with a new committee. But in… Read More

COVID Immunity Lawsuit Bill Heads To DeWine Without Comp Benefits

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State lawmakers have sent on to Gov. Mike DeWine a bill to shield first responders, businesses and schools from COVID-19 related lawsuits. The bill had passed the House overwhelmingly in May, but this time Democrats had serious concerns with how the Senate changed it. Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Westerville) said the bill helps law enforcement, medical… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters before session on September 1. It was the first time he was back in the House since being stripped of his speakership in July.

Indicted Former Speaker Returns To Work, Defending Himself And Nuclear Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House came back to work Tuesday. And Republican Rep. Larry Householder did too, for the first time since he was ousted as speaker after he was indicted in an alleged bribery scheme involving the nuclear bailout law he championed. “I’m not going to cause any problems here. I mean, I’m just coming here… Read More

A sign at Easton Town Center in Columbus, advertising that stores, bars and restaurants are open following coronavirus closures.

Ohio Businesses Say Economy Isn’t Good But They’re Optimistic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s businesses say they’re optimistic about the future of the economy, but the coronavirus pandemic continues to have them worried. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s Research Foundation second quarter survey of over 400 business leaders shows three quarters plan to add jobs, but the same number said the economic climate is… Read More

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, and his wife Fran, walk into their residence after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Bexley, Ohio.

GOP Lawmaker Makes Moves To Impeach DeWine

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Updated: 12:12 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse) — For the first time in more than a century, Ohio lawmakers have filed articles of impeachment against a sitting governor. State Rep. John Becker (R-Union Township) is putting the matter forward over fellow Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s response to the coronavirus. “I kept holding… Read More

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Rules For Games, Fans For Ohio High School Sports Expected Tuesday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine says work will continue over the weekend to get guidelines in place for high school sports – and he says he’ll announce them on Tuesday. But he had a preview of what to expect. DeWine said his administration has been working with the Ohio High School… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Effects Of Pandemic On Ohio’s Economy Could Last Years

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state’s tax revenue report for July was the first one showing gains in three months. But Ohio’s chief budget officer says she expects the economic effects of the pandemic to last for far longer than the pandemic does – perhaps years. July’s income tax collections were boosted by… Read More

The Ohio Department of Medicaid building

Ohio Tax Collections Up, But So Are Medicaid Caseloads

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After three months of declines, Ohio took in 8 percent more in taxes than the Office of Budget and Management estimated, though much of that is connected to the delay of the tax deadline to July 15. But there was a different kind of growth in the state’s July report that could… Read More

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Thousands Of Unemployment Claims Released From Fraud Probe, But Many More Still Held

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state of Ohio has released for payment around a fifth of the quarter of a million claims for non-traditional unemployment assistance that it was holding back as it checked them for fraud. But some of the real people caught up in that investigation found it was yet another… Read More

A worker at the testing site at the Columbus Health Department talks to a patient before administering a PCR test.

DeWine’s Conflicting COVID Results Bring Attention To Tests In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There have been over a thousand new confirmed coronavirus cases in each of the last four days in Ohio, and Friday’s 33 confirmed new deaths is the highest number in a week. And attention has turned to testing after Gov. Mike DeWine got a positive result from a rapid… Read More

A voter shows her absentee ballot to Franklin County Board of Elections Director Ed Leonard (left) before putting it in the ballot drop box on the last day of weekend early voting before the March 2020 primary.

LaRose Says AG Will Determine If Boards Of Elections Can Add Ballot Drop Boxes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state’s Republican chief elections officer and Ohio Democrats continue to battle over installing additional drop boxes where absentee voters could deposit their ballots if they’re concerned about the security and speed of mailing them in this fall. There’s a ballot drop box at each of Ohio’s 88 county… Read More

Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) takes the oath as Speaker after his election to that office on July 30.

Who Is Speaker Bob Cupp? Lawmakers Weigh In

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Two weeks ago, Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) was arrested on a federal racketeering charge related to the nuclear bailout law he championed, and wouldn’t say if he would resign. His House colleagues unanimously stripped him of his leadership and the GOP majority installed a new speaker, the third in two years. And… Read More

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Five Bars Cited For Selling Late, Lack Of Social Distancing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Five Ohio bars were cited in the first weekend of the state’s new order banning alcohol sales past 10pm. The Ohio Investigative Unit has said most bars it’s checked out are following the rules on social distancing. But Friday night, four northeast Ohio bars were cited for allowing too many patrons to stand, gather… Read More

Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima, left) laughs with Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) after session on July 30, as Rep. Todd Smith (R-Farmersville) looks on. Cross is among the Republicans who have proposed bills to push back on Gov. Mike DeWine's public health orders.

New Ohio House Speaker Must Work To Unite GOP Caucus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — While all but three Republicans voted for him publicly, sources say Bob Cupp (R-Lima) he beat House Speaker Pro Tem Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) by just one vote in a private session. One thing Cupp will have to deal with some Republican lawmakers’ continuing concerns over the state’s response to… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) is congratulated after his election as Speaker of the Ohio House in January 2019.

AG Says House Needs Law To Remove Speaker, Not Just Majority Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — With a vote set to remove House Speaker Larry Householder tomorrow morning, there’s apparently a disagreement among Republicans on how that can happen. House Republicans say their rules indicate a simple majority of 50 votes can remove Householder as speaker, though the motion to remove Householder will be one that all… Read More

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State Investigating A Quarter Of A Million In Jobless Claims For Fraud

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Payments to more than a quarter of a million non-traditional unemployment cases in Ohio are being halted and are under investigation. The state says most are part of a scam that’s resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent payments in other states. Ohio Job and Family Services… Read More

The Greater Columbus Convention Center was transformed into a makeshift COVID-19 hospital in April as officials expected a surge of cases. It was torn down but officials said it could be reassembled in a few days if needed.

Number Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Set Pandemic Record But Hospitals Say They’re Prepared

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There were more than 1,400 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio Thursday, with 21 new confirmed deaths. And the numbers of people hospitalized with COVID are at their highest levels so far in the pandemic. But the state’s hospitals say they’re ready. There are 1,100 people hospitalized… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina, left) stands alongside Gov. Mike DeWine during DeWine's first State of the State speech in March.

DeWine Says He’ll Call Special House Session To Replace Speaker If Necessary

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After Larry Householder’s arrest on racketeering charges, his future as Ohio House Speaker may be cloudy – though he hasn’t said clearly if he will resign. Gov. Mike DeWine has called for Householder to quit, and says he’ll consider taking action if his fellow Republicans in the House do… Read More

Student activists from around Ohio rallied at the Statehouse against gun laws two years ago, in March 2018.

Gun Control Group Opposes Bill That Cuts Training Requirements For Armed Teachers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A bill that would give Ohio’s local school boards the power to allow employees to carry guns in school buildings gets its first Senate hearing in almost two months on Tuesday. But gun control groups say the bill also eliminates required weapons training for those workers. Susie Lane teaches first… Read More

Columbus Statue To Remain On Ohio Statehouse Grounds For Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Officials say a statue of Christopher Columbus will not be removed from in front of the Ohio Statehouse until at least 2025. The 9-foot-tall, copper statue of Columbus will remain erected in front of the Statehouse in the largest city that bears the explorer’s name until a formal process for removal… Read More